StrengthsFinder vs Other Personality Tests

We believe that personality tests aren’t the ends, but the means. They should be easy to take and easy to understand. Most importantly, they should be useful!

An effective personality test can help:

  • increase self-awareness
  • create clarity
  • boost confidence
  • foster positive, productive dialog
  • identify job and career paths
  • build stronger teams
  • avoid blind spots

If you take a personality test as an individual, it should help you better understand yourself. You should be able to apply what you learn in order to make positive changes in your life.

If you take a personality test as part of a team exercise, you should be able to better understand yourself and your team members. You should be able to apply those newfound insights to work with others more happily and productively.

Some personality tests are more effective than others, and we believe that StrengthsFinder is the best in class. It creates a simple, common language that each individual can understand and that teams can easily adopt.

Personality tests should be useful tools – meant to raise self-awareness and awareness of others. If those tools are difficult to use, people become frustrated and demotivated, which is extremely counterproductive. We want the tools and exercises we use with individuals and teams to provide insights that will start positive, interactive dialog, not end it.

Because of this, we only use StrengthsFinder in our coaching, consulting, and training. Over the past ten years, we’ve used the test with thousands of people and have seen the tremendous impact it can have – both short-term and long-term.

Here’s a snapshot of how StrengthsFinder compares to some of the more well-known personality tests.

StrengthsFinder vs DISC
The DISC test is a behavioral assessment tool, with four primary categories. While it might be easier to remember if you’re a D, I, S, or C years after you’ve taken the test, you might not recall what the letters stand for, or how they impact your life. Typically, results from StrengthsFinder resonate more with people, which means they can immediately incorporate what they’ve learned into their personal and professional lives. StrengthsFinder takes about 35-45 minutes to complete, and DISC takes about 15 minutes to complete.

StrengthsFinder vs Myers-Briggs (MBTI)
The Myers-Briggs test is often used in corporations, government agencies, and colleges and universities. It’s almost impossible, however, to interpret the results of the MBTI test on your own, and even with the help of a coach or consultant, many people confuse the results – in themselves and others. The Myers-Briggs test takes about 30 minutes to complete.

StrengthsFinder vs Enneagram
The Enneagram is a personality test that slots people into one of nine personality types. Because of this narrow “typecasting,” many people disagree with the results of the test, which can make it difficult to use the Enneagram on a personal level, and almost impossible to use in a group or team setting. The Enneagram test takes about 30 minutes to complete.

For more information about how StrengthsFinder compares to other personality tests, or to set up a free, 45-minute consultation, please call (720) 312-8737, or e-mail contact@strengthscoachingandtraining.com.

Please note: We’re in Denver, Colorado, and we work with individuals, organizations, and teams across the United States and Canada.